Crosstown Arts residencies offer time and space for artists to do their work, are for a limited amount of time and free to participants. Residencies include a private studio workspace, housing for out-of-town residents, access to Crosstown Arts’ Shared Art Making facilities and food gift cards. Applications for the residency program are open each year from May 15 – July 15 for all residencies the following year.
Crosstown Arts is a non-profit contemporary arts organization that offers opportunities and resources for the creative community, including a wide range of spaces for exhibitions, music performances, film and video screenings, artist talks and artist-led workshops, all open to the public.
HOURS: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 8pm Saturday, 10am - 6pm Sunday, 12pm - 6pm
LOCATION: EAST ATRIUM • L2 | 280
Crosstown Theater, a 417-seat black box theater operated by Crosstown Arts, hosts programming as well as events organized by performing arts/music/film groups and organizations across the city. Highly considered acoustic treatments, state-of-the-art lighting, and a premiere sound system offer an ideal and intimate space for musical performances ranging from national headliners to Memphis-based musicians.
In order to better connect artists, the creative process, and contemporary works of art to the city of Memphis and beyond, Crosstown Arts houses 7,000 square feet of exhibition space.The galleries host a yearly roster of ten exhibitions, up for one month at a time.
Exhibitions in the Crosstown Arts galleries are always free and open to the public.
Opening receptions are scheduled for the first week of each exhibition and often include artist talks or lectures welcoming the public to the content of the show.
HOURS: Tuesday–Friday, 10 am – 8 pm; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday noon– 6 pm
LOCATION: EAST ATRIUM • L2
The Green Room at Crosstown Arts offers guests a uniquely intimate listening experience without the typical distractions that accompany a bar or restaurant venue.
Located in the most historic section of Crosstown Concourse, and surrounded by other amenities of Crosstown Arts, The Green Room is committed to providing the best possible environment for the two most important components of a musical performance – the artist’s work and the audience’s listening experience.
LOCATION: EAST ATRIUM • L2
Memphis Listening Lab is a curated collection of music and music history, a forum for music-related talks and performances, and a music education, appreciation, and experimentation space. The inaugural collection was generously donated by John King, co-founder of Ardent Records and longtime Memphis music promoter who famously broke iconic Memphis rock band Big Star. His gift of 30,000 45rpm singles, 10,000 LPs, 20,000 CDs, and over 1,000 unique pieces of musical history represents a lifetime of collecting and an incredibly wide spectrum of musical genres, all of which are free to the public for listening and learning enjoyment.
Visitors can also enjoy the SoundRoom, a listening space designed by Jim Thompson of EgglestonWorks Audio, representing a truly unrivaled auditory experience. The SoundRoom’s speaker system is tuned for reference quality audio and equipped with playback capabilities for nearly every conceivable music medium.
HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday: 11am-5pm Event-specific opening dates and times will vary.
LOCATION: CENTRAL ATRIUM • L2 | 269
Crosstown Arts Shared Art Making is a workspace that provides everyone — from professionals to hobbyists — with common access to shared art-making facilities and equipment used in digital arts, music, woodworking, printmaking, and photography.
Members share a common space to grow their creative practice with access to high-end equipment, facilities, instruments, and work areas. It’s a supportive environment where creative people work side by side with others who are interested in making and discovering.
HOURS: Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm
LOCATION: EAST ATRIUM • L1 | 177
Southern Grooves is a purpose built recording studio located in the former SEARS cafeteria. The studio is the home base for Grammy award-winning recording engineer, producer, mixer, and native Memphian Matt Ross-Spang. Spang codesigned the space with world renown designers Steven Durr and Matt Schlachter. The studio is a unique combination of the best modern and vintage recording aesthetics and techniques. At roughly 3000 sqft, the studio includes a tracking room, control room, iso booth, office, lounge, kitchen and a one of a kind echo chamber!
LOCATION: EAST ATRIUM • L2 | 271
WYXR, 91.7FM, is a freeform radio station that welcomes programmers of all genres and interests and encourages the discovery of music. What you’ll hear will be a reflection of the creativity and diversity of our on-air volunteers. From Afrobeat and Neo Soul to Reggae, House, Hip-Hop, and more, each week offers an opportunity for discovery, for both the person who’s playing and the person who’s listening.
WYXR is the result of a ground-breaking partnership between the University of Memphis, The Daily Memphian, and Crosstown Concourse.
Listen live at 91.7 FM, at wyxr.org, or on our app for Android and iPhone!
LOCATION: CENTRAL ATRIUM • L1 | 160